While tongues started wagging at the swearing in centre in Lagos over the conspicuous absence of ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the former Lagos State governor has swiftly given reasons why he was absent at the swearing in of his successor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos on Wednesday. He says the new governor deserves to enjoy his historic day without having him share in the glory with him.
In a statement by Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna Wednesday, the ex-governor congratulated Sanwo-Olu, saying his successor should be allowed to be the star of his inauguration.
“I have already formally handed over reigns of power in the state to the new governor in a most cordial and convivial ceremony at the State House yesterday.
“The formal inauguration should have Mr Sanwo-Olu as the star of the day. I don’t think that glory should be shared with him by my presence.”
Ambode said he had a quality private moment with his successor.
He said he was confident that with the prayers, cooperation and collective support of all Lagosians, the new government would succeed in the excellent tradition of progressive governance which the state was known for.